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Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Photos Of The Week #15

Published 14 April 2013

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 15th week of 2013. For more photo galleries, see our <b><a href="http://www.rferl.org/archive/rferl-photo-blog/latest/16235/16235.html">"Picture This"</a></b> archive. (38 PHOTOS)

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 A man cleans his vintage Soviet-made GAZ-12 ZIM during a retro car show in Kyiv. (Reuters/Sergiy Polezhaka)

2

Members of Iraq's security forces wait to vote in provincial elections in Kut. (RFE/RL/ Saif Abdul-Rahman)

3

A Syrian female rebel monitors the movement of government forces in the Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

4

A scavenger sleeps on a pile of items collected from trash bins as he waits for a vehicle to take them for recycling in northern Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

5

Members of the Kosovo National Ballet perform the "Where The Light Falls" show at the National Theater of Kosovo in Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

6

Youths dressed as punks drink beer as they wait for a punk music show during the Burmese New Year Water Festival in Rangoon. (Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun )

7

Women mourn during the funeral ceremony for the shooting victims in the Serbian village of Velika Ivanca. A Serbian war veteran killed 13 relatives and neighbors in a rampage before turning the gun on himself. He died later in the hospital. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

8

A woman looks at men praying from behind a metal screen at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

9

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (center) dances with the Cape Town Opera Ensemble at the Templeton Prize celebration at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. Tutu won the 2013 Templeton Prize, worth $1.7 million, for helping inspire people around the world by promoting forgiveness and justice. (Reuters/Ilan Godfrey)

10

A Palestinian man dressed in an Israeli soldier's uniform is seen inside a prison in Gaza City that had been used by Israeli security services to keep Palestinian prisoners during Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip. A Hamas prisoners' association has turned the place into an exhibition. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)

11

A competitor receives treatement on his feet during the 28th edition of the grueling 224-kilometer Marathon des Sables in Morocco. Competitors must carry all of their equipment on their backs during the seven-day race. Only carefully rationed bottles of water and open-sided local tents are provided by the organizers. (AFP/Pierre Verdy)

12

Devotees gather around chariots during the Chariot Festival at Ashon in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)

13

Female soldiers from North Korea patrol along the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. (Reuters/Jacky Chen)

14

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) visits a Buddhist monastery near the village of Verkhnyaya Ivolga in the Republic of Buryatia. (RIA Novosti/Aleksey Nikolskyi)

15

A man lowers a basket filled with belongings as civilians collect items from their damaged apartments before fleeing the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

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A man arranges bowls made from mud in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

17

A Syrian Kurdish refugee woman from the Sheikh Maqsud district of Aleppo holds her baby at a school being used as a refugee camp in the northern town of Afrin. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

18

Russian President Vladimir Putin frolicks with his dogs -- Buffy, a Bulgarian shepherd (right), and Yume, an Akita -- near Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Alexsey Druginyn)

19

A man leads his horse through spring flooding in the Belarusian village of Snyadin, 300 kilometers south of Minsk. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

20

Soldiers and aid workers help a man carry his belongings salvaged from the rubble of his house in the town of Shonbeh, southeast of Bushehr, Iran, following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. (AFP)

21

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attends a ceremony to launch the Gazel Next automobile production line at the Gorki motor works in Nizhny Novgorod. (RIA Novosti/Dmitry Astakhov)

22

A birch gnawed by beavers stands near Lengenwang in southern Germany. Some 120 beavers have been resettled in southern parts of Germany since 1979. (AFP/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)

23

A supporter of Armenian opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian shouts during an inauguration-day rally against President Serzh Sarkisian's victory in February elections in Yerevan. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)

24

Two men push their children in a stroller during a race-walking competition in Brno, Czech Republic, on World Health Day. The Stroller Racing World Health Day event was celebrated in 25 different locations in the Czech Republic, with competitions for mothers, fathers, and the entire family. (AFP/Radek Mica)

25

Ice hangs on flowers in a garden in Hami, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, following a cold snap. (AFP)

26

A man in a spacesuit is seen sitting on a couch behind two businessmen at the Wittenstein booth at the Hannover industrial fair in Hannover, Germany. The fair presents a cross-section of key industrial technologies. (AFP/Odd Andersen)

27

Rodolfo Reyes (left), grandnephew of poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, carries his coffin covered with the Chilean flag inside the grounds of his house and museum after the exhumation of his remains in the coastal town of Isla Negra. The body of Neruda, dead nearly four decades, was disinterred after his former driver said the poet was poisoned under Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. (Reuters)

28

Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II blesses President Serzh Sarkisian during his inauguration ceremony for another term in Yerevan. (Reuters/Tigran Mehrabyan)

29

A laborer extracts vegetable oil with the help of a camel using traditional methods in the Nahr-i Shahi district of Afghanistan's Balkh Province. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

30

Syrian security forces and onlookers gather at the scene of a deadly car bomb explosion that rocked central Damascus on April 8. At least 10 people were killed. (AFP/Louai Beshara)

31

A Romany child loads recycled items on his bicycle in Pristina, Kosovo. April 8 was International Roma Day. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

32

A topless demonstrator with an obscene message written on her back walks toward Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their visit to the Hanover Industrial Fair. Four demonstrators from the Femen group protested against Putin as he was visiting the Volkswagen stand. (AFP/Jochen Lübke)

33

An activist wears a devil's mask that he covers with a picture of Vladimir Putin as part of a protest against the Russian president outside the congress center of the Hanover trade fair on in Hanover. (AFP/Odd Andersen)

34

Coptic Christians try to put out their burning clothes after they were attacked by unidentified individuals outside the cathedral in the central Cairo neighbourhood of Abbassiya. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shahed)

35

One of two new monuments is installed besides the Macedonia Arch in Skopje. (RFE/RL)

36

Ukrainians vote for a resolution during an opposition rally in Kyiv. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

37

A woman prepares to cast her vote at a polling station in Skopje in the second round of Macedonia's local elections. (epa/Georgi Licovski)

38

A motorist negotiates spring flooding in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan.